IAA:  What is your background in music?

CHAMP ELDER:  I began rapping at the age of 17 and received my first independent record deal by the age of 19. I released two mixtapes under that label, but I honestly feel they were not my best. Still, during that time I was given the opportunity to travel and meet different people throughout the industry. These people inspired me to be as independent as possible while understanding the blessing of a helping hand.


IAA:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?*

CHAMP ELDER:  The world deserves more artists in Hip Hop who they can relate to on all levels. The message in music today can seem very corrupt, if not completely misunderstood. That’s where I come in. My music is a lesson to any adolescent as well as a letter of concern to any adult. I hope to create an environment of patience, love, and peace amongst people. While as the same time, proving the importance of taking a stand.


IAA:  What are your songs about?

CHAMP ELDER:  My songs are about guys who wear tuxedos and carry briefcases lol. No, I’m just kidding. My music is based on emotion. It’s about the feelings that we encounter on a daily basis. It’s not so much about where you’re from, it’s more about where you’re going. I call it “soul rap.”


IAA:  Who are your music influences?

CHAMP ELDER:  Different artists inspire me in different ways. So if you were to create me as a cocktail, you must have DNA from artists such as, Nelly, Usher, Nas, Jay-Z, Kanye, Lil Wayne, UGK, Eminem, Tupac, Biggie, Dr Dre, Andre 3000, Gerald Levert, Z-Ro, BB King, Johnny Taylor and Michael Jackson and plenty more. As you can see, the list goes on.


IAA:  How do you describe your music to people?

CHAMP ELDER:  My music symbolizes victory from any situation that occurs in life. It’s also a positive journey as well as a community being built amongst people who believe impossible is nothing when there’s possibility.


IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artist?

CHAMP ELDER:  First off, I don’t say sh*t in my raps that I wouldn’t say in front of my mother (laughs). Seriously, I rap with respect. I appreciate the honor while understanding the responsibility of my words. My goal is to create an open line of communication between people worldwide. Not to mention, I do my own production as well as make my own beats. I also appreciate the efforts of other artists probably more than what’s normally required. I’m one of hip hop’s biggest fan.


IAA:  Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?

CHAMP ELDER:  I was unhappy with my label situation before the contract was up. It was nothing personal, we just had different opinions on what my brand should stand for and how my music should be presented. That’s when I began to live and learn. I soon found out because I was contracted to that company that my music belonged to them as well as anything that I would record within the year that was left on my contract. So, being the stubborn guy that I am when it comes to my music, I took a complete year away from recording.  I waited until I knew I would own my music.


IAA:  What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

CHAMP ELDER:  I am getting ready to put out my first album ever titled “Live And Learn.” It’s about as important as the marriage of Will and Kate, but not quite the birth of Baby Jesus (laughs). It’s my greatest creation to date. So all energy is focused on letting the people know that a voice, strength, courage and wisdom has arrived once again! Meanwhile, I’m just planning on shooting videos, traveling, performing and meeting those who consider me fam because I jam.


IAA:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?

CHAMP ELDER:  My career goals consists of winning at least one Grammy in my lifetime and doing hip hop production for its best artists. I want to commonly be included on movie soundtracks. I also want to be a public figure with power to empower the powerless. Maybe in the next ten years, I’ll be enjoying my family and giving the game what it gave me, Everything!


IAA:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

CHAMP ELDER:  My fans can access my music on Reverbnation, Soundcloud, and Youtube. You can contact me on twitter or instagram @champeldermusic like my music page on Facebook (Champ Elder). Meanwhile join my fan club at www.ChampElder.com 





    • Thanks Sarah!’ You’ve always been very supportive of me & my dreams. I really appreciate you & positivity!! Thank you..

  2. Much respect..Champ has come a long way from that kid in Government class. He has always been willing to listen and see others point of view.

  3. I’m proud of you Shaun! Keep up the good work! Hard works pays off it’s good to see u doing what you love!! I love your music keep it coming

    • Thanks Ash. I appreciate you being so supportive throughout this entire process. You’ve always had my back & kept it real. Thanks!

  4. Keep it up n keep doing ur thing….im happy to see that ur going somewhere with something u love to do…love n support.

  5. The music is real so is the person!! You don’t meet alot of people like Champ! I fully support Champ his music and what he believes! Keep it up bro someone will see you and it won’t be long…… “Im the Under Ground King and I ain’t been found” “diamond in the dirt and you aint been found” 50Cent

  6. Champ you got this I have Faith in you and I really like your music it is a great inspiration to everyone and you have my full support!

  7. Champ Elder keep doing what you’re doing….fresh sound and keepin it Real….may God continue to bless you.

  8. Congratulations bestfriend! Hard work pays off and your almost there keep up the good work. I’ve said it before but ill say it again you deserve every bit of this and I’m beyond proud of you!

  9. CHAAAAAAAMP! Realist music I have heard and witnessed nothing but energy and passion. The world is yours brotha

  10. You know I have your back all the way to the end ..You have natural talent and awesome music that matches your awesome heart!! I cant wait to see you make it big my love….;)

  11. You are doing a great job. Hip Hop is a great culture experience, that I once embraced but as the music (lyrics began to change (more rap that I felt was very degrading began to rise up and the true meaning of hip hop was fading) I commend you and what you are doing to reform the industry and being more positive and actually conveying the message un your music that is displayed in your titles. Keep one foot forward at all times and you will get many opportunities. People especially young folks are looking for realness and as long as you can see & hear the message is all that matters. God bless you….#favor and increase belongs to you.

  12. Chaaaaaaaaammmmmp! I see you big bro, I love your music it’s the way that real hip hop should sound. Truly original lyricist, you’re the last of a dying breed!

  13. The Champ on the field and the Champ in the studio!!! I gotta show love and respect where it’s due. Keep it coming bro you know we here for you.

  14. Always been a fan, always will be! Keep it up Elder! You’re amazing and the whole world is gonna know it!! <3

  15. Good music made for good people. I live your story and what it holds. I support you 100 brother, you will achieve great things. You are already great, just waiting on society to catch up.. TOI

  16. champ your music is going places just keep doing what you’re doing grinding in this game remember this rap game is 90 percent grind 10 percen raping

  17. I actually purchased one of your songs on iTunes and its beed added to my playlist. I enjoy your music and would love to hear more of you on the radio.

  18. This rapper is very different than the others I hope he makes it big because he will be a great addition to the hip hop community.

  19. So proud of you and all you have become, cant wait to see your future, I know theres more to come!
    Much love Mr.Elder

  20. You are the example everyone can look up to in music again. You show that when you strive for something you will get it.

  21. Just want to give a shout out to you Champ… You been one of the realist dudes I know and your music has always been on point… Keep doing what you do… Fan for life!!

  22. That’s my bro!!! Already know first hand I love your music… You have a special talent making your own beats and songs. Can’t wait to see you sign that huge record label. Love ya bro!! Do it big!!!!

  23. Look Hommie the way you approach everything thing you do is major. I pray that you’re blessed & continue to make a difference In music..

  24. All I need you to do is stay focused. Everybody gone eat if you make it. Don’t forget that. You got my support!!

  25. Bro you’ve brought so many people together with your sound. The world is waiting on YOU! I cant wait till you finally drop that album. Im Ready!

  26. Hey Elder! I know we didn’t talk much at southwest but I see your passion and wish you the best of luck! Keep striving!!

  27. I met you one time. But you are a walking example of everything you rap about. I love how deep you got in this article. Hope you keep it up man. You’re going far.

  28. I see you aint gave up a bit Champ. i’m extreamly proud of you & pray that everything continue’s to go well for ya lil kinfolk. YOU special boy!

  29. Everything you touching GOLD right time. Time for the world to see what your true friends or anyone thats heard your music already know. Your one of the best bro – Much Love

  30. “Started from the bottom now we here” Champ please never stop what you doing man. You changing the way I look at rap!